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Item:223896573219Rare ANCIENT Byzantine wedding silver and niello ring, depicting Christ uniting the bride and groom 7th century ADWedding rings were in many cases representative of the exchange of valuables, and a sign of tangible money.In The Book of Common Prayer (1549), after the words “with this ring I thee wed”, it is written “This gold and silver I give thee,” whereupon the groom was to hand coins to the bride. This sentiment reflected a time when marriage was not necessarily a union of lovers, but a contract between families, and a way to ensure the economic security of the young couple. Rings were even sometimes given conditionally, as demonstrated in an old German marriage vow, “I give you this ring as a sign of the marriage which has been promised between us, provided your father gives with you a marriage portion of 1000 Reichsthalers.”Similarly, traditional early East Asian wedding rings were regarded as a seal for a legal contract. Puzzle rings were common. This was a ring that was said to be in many different pieces, and difficult to put on. It fell apart when removed, and therefore the husband would know if the wife ever took it off in his absence. Material: silver and nielloDated: 7th century.Origin: european.Dimensions: largest inner diameter 18 mm, weight 7.14 grams..Condition: perfect, with the usual age traces. Ring slightly weight - 7.14grinside size -18 mmoutside size - 21 x 25 mm
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Byzantine wedding silver ring, depicting Christ uniting the bride and groom